Category: Markets

17 Jan 2017
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4 Energy Traders you Won’t See on Bloomberg

It all started at the trail end of 2014. Crude Oil fell significantly below the $100 level and kept heading lower. About that time, a friend of a friend asked where he should turn to find a few interesting ways to play a “bounce” in Crude Oil. We obliged, writing “How to Play A Bounce in Crude […]

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30 Dec 2016
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The Best and Worst Futures Markets of 2016

Twenty-sixteen is just about in the books, which means it’s our cue to draw some quick conclusions about the performance of the various commodity futures markets. Now that crude oil looks like it’s bottomed off from it’s multi-year decline, people are starting to get bullish on long-only commodity ETFs – with some even suggesting the […]

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21 Dec 2016
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What happens when the U.S. Dollar AND Rates Rise?

While the rest of the world is talking about new all-time highs in the stock market, there’s another rally that deserves attention, the U.S. Dollar Index. Over the past six months, the U.S. Dollar Index is up 10.42% — a substantial move for the world’s reserve currency. (Disclaimer: Past performance is not necessarily indicative of […]

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19 Dec 2016
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Commodity ETFs are a Bad Long Term Bet – Duh

For what seems to be the first time in what we can tell, there are other people out there warning investors of the dangers of Commodity ETFs. This week, the Financial Times beatifically outlined one of the many issues with these sort of products, such as $USO, $UNG, and $CORN. Investors have learnt the hard way […]

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13 Dec 2016
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Crude Oil, a Contender?

We can’t help but look at Crude Oil recently and think of Marlon Brando saying – “I used to be Somebody.”  Although our memories aren’t as good as Google’s. Here’s the actual line:  “I could’a had class, I could’a been a contender, I could’a been somebody” In Crude Oil’s case… it’s not a could’a been, […]

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06 Dec 2016
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Everyone’s Banking on a Rate Hike

When the Federal Open Market Committee finally raised rates to the 0.25% to 0.50% last December, it was the first time in seven years. Indeed, the  fact that we just quote those minuscule rates and a range instead of fixed level shows just how different a rate environment we ended up in after those seven […]

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01 Dec 2016

What’s Happened Thus Far in 2016

Twenty-sixteen is proving to be quite a cyclical year. What started as a free fall for stocks, world stocks, bonds, and commodities in the first two months ended with a quick recovery the months following. At one point the current leaders on the scoreboard were down -7.74% (World Stocks) -7.25% (Commodities) -5.11% (Stocks) and -4.80% […]

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30 Nov 2016
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Are Alternative Investments Worth It?

We’ve been waiting… and waiting… and waiting… for the markets. to. finally. move. With the election over, we’re now seeing it unravel. The U.S. Dollar Index is at levels not seen since 2003, Copper has roared up 20% in a week, and Gold is getting crushed. And that short list doesn’t include the biggest “market” […]

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28 Nov 2016
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Just Like that – An Explosion of Financials Volatility

A couple of weeks ago, Managed Futures managers were begging for volatility. There was none to be found in the financial markets, but it’s a totally different story post-election. Whether you want to look at the surging U.S. Dollar index or the free falling Euro currency market, there’s movement to be seen. For example, the […]

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